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I’ve Been Making Sweet Potatoes Wrong My Entire Life, And I Just Figured It Out!

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Do you ever stumble upon a new, delicious recipe only to discover that you’ve been making that kind of food wrong your entire life? Well, if it hasn’t happened to you yet, then it just might very soon! Check out these Hasselback Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes!

While we all might have our own go-to sweet potato recipe, this one could quite possibly change your life. With cinnamon, maple, nuts, and sweet potatoes all working together to make an edible symphony, you’re bound to add this one to your regular dinner menu. What’s not to like? (1, 2)

What Are Hasselback Potatoes?

Before you start, it’s important to know what the “hasselback” in “Hasselback Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes” is, or else you’ll end up with some pretty normal baked potatoes. Hasselback potatoes are an originally-Swedish technique for making roasted potatoes. They look fancy, get a wonderful crunch, and will change the way you view roasted potatoes. To make them, you generally begin by peeling the potatoes. Next, you cut thin, crosswise slices approximately three-quarters down into the potato, but not all the way through to the bottom. You want the potato to fan out and have “pages” like a book. (1, 3)

Now, without further ado, let’s get to cooking!

Hasselback Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes Recipe (1, 2)

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Baking Time: 40 minutes

Serving size: 2


  • 2 sweet potatoes (preferable medium in size)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoon butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup pecans (chopped)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In order to make your potatoes Hasselback, place one of them between two chopsticks to help with stability and knife guidance. About every ¼ along the length of the potato, slice about ¾ to ⅞ down the potato, or until the knife hits the chopsticks. The chopsticks should help prevent you from cutting all the way through to the bottom of the potato. Once you’ve finished with the first potato, repeat for the second one.
  3. Place on a baking dish and brush both potatoes with vegetable oil and dust with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft.
  5. Remove potatoes from oven, then increase the temperature to 450 degrees.
  6. In a small bowl, add melted butter, cinnamon, pecans, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and kosher salt, then stir to combine.
  7. Spoon the maple syrup mixture over the potatoes, making sure to get in between the slices.
  8. Bake again for 8 to 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven, spoon any of the cooking liquid over the potatoes, and allow to cool before serving.
  10. Enjoy!

These delicious veggies will pair well with many other winter dishes and leave your family or guests begging for more! They’re impressive to look at, delicious to taste, and not difficult whatsoever to make! Give them a try and let us know what you think! Also, don’t be afraid to alter the recipe with your own ideas, edits, or additions. Hasselback potatoes are delicious in a variety of ways, so don’t be afraid to try them again and again with slightly different recipes.

What other Hasselback potato recipes have you tried?


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